fer·​vent | \ ˈfər-vənt How to pronounce fervent (audio) \

Definition of fervent

1 : very hot : glowing the fervent sun
2 : exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling : zealous fervent prayers a fervent proponent fervent patriotism

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Other Words from fervent

fervently adverb

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impassioned, passionate, ardent, fervent, fervid, perfervid mean showing intense feeling. impassioned implies warmth and intensity without violence and suggests fluent verbal expression. an impassioned plea for justice passionate implies great vehemence and often violence and wasteful diffusion of emotion. a passionate denunciation ardent implies an intense degree of zeal, devotion, or enthusiasm. an ardent supporter of human rights fervent stresses sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth or zeal. fervent good wishes fervid suggests warmly and spontaneously and often feverishly expressed emotion. fervid love letters perfervid implies the expression of exaggerated or overwrought feelings. perfervid expressions of patriotism

Examples of fervent in a Sentence

a fervent speech that called for tolerance and compassion for those who are different in the thick, fervent air of a tropical afternoon, a languor set in

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Dole Whip was introduced in Disney Parks in the 1980s, and has since garnered a fervent fan following. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "There's a Boozy, Dole Whip-Inspired Cookie Coming to Walt Disney World's Disney Springs This Summer," 6 June 2019 One of the most trafficked subreddits of all is r/SkincareAddiction (ScA), home to nearly a million skin-care fans — fervent, erudite, hyaluronic-thirsty fans. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the SkincareAddiction Subreddit," 5 Apr. 2019 This effect is magnified when a person—an investor extremely excited about a new business idea, a fervent collector looking for that one elusive piece—is subconsciously desperate for something to be the real deal. The Editors, Town & Country, "Fraud Alert: The T&C Guide to Fakes, Grifters, Hoaxes, and Humbugs," 18 Sep. 2018 This chronic lack of sleep is part of why there’s fervent interest around whether or not RLS may increase the risk of physical health issues such as cardiovascular disease. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 May praised the monarch for being ‘‘the Commonwealth’s most steadfast and fervent champion.’’ Leaders from countries ranging from vast India to tiny Tuvalu will spend two days meeting in London and at Windsor Castle. Jill Lawless, BostonGlobe.com, "Queen tips Prince Charles to follow her as Commonwealth head," 19 Apr. 2018 Since opening his first shop in London’s Chelsea neighborhood in 1970, the designer’s business has grown into a global brand with more than 300 points of sale worldwide, four women’s collections per year and a fervent fan base. Isaiah Freeman-schub, WSJ, "Manolo Blahnik on His New Men’s Shoe Collection," 16 Jan. 2019 But shares quickly bounced back before falling again when Gary Cohn, the president’s economic adviser and a fervent advocate of free trade, resigned. The Economist, "Markets fret about America’s turn toward protectionism," 8 Mar. 2018 One quality Netanyahu has in common with Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton is a fervent desire for war with Iran, with the explicit goal of overthrowing the Islamic Republic. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Iran Deal Exit Has Raised the Risk of War, Even Faster Than Expected," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of fervent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fervent

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin fervent-, fervens, present participle of fervēre to boil, froth — more at barm

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English Language Learners Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly : having or showing very strong feelings


fer·​vent | \ ˈfər-vənt How to pronounce fervent (audio) \

Kids Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly fervent gratitude

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